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League One Power Rankings - Week 7

By Staff, 05/18/21, 12:30PM EDT


After stalemate between the top two, where’s the biggest challenge going to come from?

If we learned anything from Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Greenville Triumph SC and Union Omaha on ESPN2, it’s that this rivalry has a chance to seriously catch fire this season, but also that these teams are clearly at the top of the class in the league right now.

So, who could be the challenger that turns this from a duopoly into something more competitive? Those clubs sit directly behind Greenville and Omaha in this week’s Power Rankings, with Forward Madison FC and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC both having games to make up and some key games arriving soon.

For the Flamingos, whose last-minute winner against North Carolina FC provided a rousing return to Breese Stevens Field on Saturday night, that opportunity will come quickly. After a week off this week, they’ll welcome Omaha to Madison on May 26 for the first of two meetings in the next four games for the Flamingos. If Madison can find results, it could quickly close the gap to the top two.

Chattanooga, meanwhile, has what looks on paper to be a smoother schedule ahead of it in the next five games, three of which are on home turf at CHI Memorial Stadium. If it can build on its two-game undefeated streak to start the year against the likes of Fort Lauderdale, Richmond and North Carolina, then its back-to-back meetings with Greenville (June 26) and Omaha (July 3) will come into much sharper focus.

Here’s how everything looks right now. As always, feel free to come and yell at me on Twitter (@NJEMurray).

Biggest Movers






1 Greenville Triumph
Week 7: @ TRM

Last Week: 1
Greenville had a chance to put Omaha away early in the second half of their encounter Sunday, only to be denied and subsequently settle for a draw. The rivalry between these two sides continues to heat up.
2 Union Omaha
Week 7: --

Last Week: 2
Nicolas Firmino’s strike to earn a point in Greenville was another example of the quality he’ll bring to los Buhos this season. An excellent offseason pickup that will only get better as time goes on.
3 Forward Madison FC
Week 7: --
Last Week: 4
Nothing like a late, dramatic winner to mark your first game at your home venue in more than 600 days. The scenes after Derek Gebhard’s goal were superb.
4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 7: v. FTL
Last Week: 3
The Red Wolves had to fight back to earn a point against New England on Sunday night, but there’s plenty to like about the resiliency they’ve shown the first two games.
5 Richmond Kickers
Week 7: v. NC

Last Week: 5
The Kickers got a week off and now get the chance to add to their rival North Carolina FC’s tough start to the season on Saturday night at City Stadium.
6 North Texas SC
Week 7: @ TOR

Last Week: 6
Coming back from a goal behind to win, even at home, is an impressive feat. North Texas got to even its record and will be looking for more as it visits Toronto FC II in Arizona
7 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 7: @ CHA
Last Week: 10
The first five-goal performance of the season has Fort Lauderdale continuing to yo-yo, alternating wins and losses in its first six games. Can it find the consistency it needs?
8 North Carolina FC
Week 7: @ RIC
Last Week: 9
Two tough defeats out of two after Saturday’s loss in Madison, but if North Carolina can get things going it could quickly move in the right direction. There’s promise here.
9 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 7: v. GVL
Last Week: 8
You hate to let a lead slip, especially when it means a fourth defeat out of five to start the season.
10 New England Revolution II
Week 7: --
Last Week: 11
The Revolution II couldn’t quite hold on against Omaha, and will be disappointed to have let a two-goal lead slip against Chattanooga on Sunday ahead of a week off.
11 FC Tucson
Week 7: --
Last Week: 7
Tucson was on the wrong end of an absolute shellacking by Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, the first defeat the club had experienced in Florida in its history.
12 Toronto FC II
Week 7: v. NTX

Last Week: 12
Welcome to the party, Toronto FC II. Let’s see what you’ve got.

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